Stara Sokolova (Old Falcon’s) originated from centuries-long tradition of the Bogdanovic – Krivajci family from the village of Kostojevici near Bajina Basta. Its name was derived from its home region, the area of the western Serbia along the river Drina which, at the time of the Turkish reign, was named Sokolskanahija after the mediaeval town of Soko (Falcon).
This ecological area intersected by the rivers of Derventa, Jalosnica and Rogacica at the foot of the mountain range consisting of Jelova Gora, Kadinjaca and Ponikve mountains, is full of good orchards. The village of Kostojevici is the geographic centre of this region.
Above the village there is the Spasovik hill and on its eastern slope there lies a small and particularly beautiful valley called Krivaja. At this place, as far back as 1830, an old head of the household, a native and an acknowledged blacksmith Sava Bogdanovic, by careful selection of old autochthonous plum cultivars, created the family love which has been passed on through seven generations.
The role of rakija in a household
In the Region of the Falcon the attitude towards plums and plum brandy has always been special. Plums have been eaten fresh, dried in winter, used for making fruit preserves and jams and naturally distilled plum brandy called rakija.
Not only a good rakija was the pride of the household owner, but, at the time when there were no banks, it was also the means to save the assets for the future. Aging cannot do it any harm, on the contrary, it enhances its quality.
In the best households of this region only old slivovitz was produced, kept and drunk.
The families were distinguished by their rakija and legends were told about the good ones. Although they were blacksmiths in the past, the natives of Krivaja, the Bogdanovic–Krivajcifamily have always produced a good rakija.
The Bogdanovic family
The famous Bogdanovic family was recognised for its old plum cultivar called “trnovaca” and the excellent plum brandy produced from it.
Legends were told about the rakija of the Bogdanovic family and a part of them has been included in literary works. For example, Milomir Djukanovic mentions it in his book “Cocktail Manhattan”: “…the big bottle of rakija which aunt Georgina opened tonight, she had received from VelizarBogdanovic-Krivajac from Kostojevici near BajinaBasta. This Bogdanovic had a strange plum orchard. The wind was always blowing but the peduncles were so strong that no plum could fall to the ground. The plum orchard was located on the Spasovik hill on the side where two weather types and seven winter and seven summer winds intersected. The currents made such an air mixture that no pest could survive. It was impossible to spray the plum trees due to the wind, and since the beginning of the world and this orchard no worm was seen in it. Wild beasts avoided it, people of evil nature steered clear of it. The plum brandy was made to the special recipe which was kept as a top secret in the house of the Bogdanovic family…” (a quote from the novel “Cocktail Manhattan).
Stara Sokolova today
Based on the family secrets of rakija distillation and aging and in cooperation with the most prominent experts in this field, the Bogdanovic family has been cherishing and improving their centuries-long know-how in producing fruit brandies. The third generation has continued to develop StaraSokolova spirits which have received many quality awards over the last two decades both in Serbia and abroad. Today StaraSokolova produces 150.000 bottles of rakija annually in line with the world and European standards having the recommended alcohol percentage, specific colour, smell and flavour and the visual identity. Only fruit produced by the local producers is used, particularly mixtures of the old autochthonous cultivars and the new top quality fruit cultivarsare used for rakija production.
70% of the products is exported to the markets all over the world, ranging from Australia, Russia, the Balkans and West Europe to Canada, the USA and Middle East.
It is available in all retail chains in the country, at petrol stations, luxury wine shops and beverage wholesale. It is consumed with pleasure in prestigious hotels, restaurants, famous cafes around Serbia and capital cities of ex-Yugoslav republics…
- Family estate of the Bogdanovic family, Krivaja
- The first hand blown lux bottle
- The old cauldron
- Barrels for rakija keeping made of oak from a hundred-year old forest
- Pozegaca, a traditional plum cultivar
- Western Serbia landscape
- Stara Sokolova museum, Krivaja
- The first pear planted during the childhood of Rade Bogdanovic
- The view from the family estate
- The untouched nature of Krivaja
- The Bogdanovic family
- The grandfather Radisav Bogdanovic, World War I